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New Caledonia

New Caledonia

New Caledonia is a French overseas territory and combines the laid-back lifestyle of the South Pacific with the sophistication of the French culture. The capital, Noumea, offers a rich past to delight the history buffs, alongside Colonial houses, Melanesian sculptures, museums, a botanical garden and Zoo.  The countryside offers gorgeous beaches, dazzling lagoons and underwater wonderlands.

Language

Language and Culture

Here is your ideal opportunity to learn French which is New Caledonia’s official language, with experienced language teachers who regularly receive groups of English speaking students. CREIPAC is a public institution dedicated to the teaching of French language in the Pacific region. The school is situated in charming old historical buildings by the sea, set amid frangipanis and palm trees where students of all ages are taught French in a relaxed island atmosphere. A large range of classes which are tailored to the needs of the students is offered and conducted by fully qualified native French-speaking teachers.

Sample Activities

French Language Lesson – The lessons will be focused on conversational French, giving students a number of useful phrases and expressions that can be used during their time in New Caledonia.

Amedee Lighthouse- Take a day excursion on the Mary D boat. There will be time to walk around the island, view the coral reefs from glass bottom boats, and climb the lighthouse. This excursion also includes a tropical island lunch and performance on the beachfront, which will showcase the best of Melanesian culture and dance.

Noumea Orientation TChou Tchou Train Tour- The Tchou Tchou Train takes you on a fun guided tour of Noumea. Starting from Anse Vata bay we stop at the Ouen Toro lookout point and then carry on to the Cote Blanche – a favourite spot for walking and jogging.  Continue on to Faubourg Blanchot, where old residential buildings and colonial houses can be viewed, before heading up to the Notre Dame de Pacific lookout point. After enjoying the ‘FOL’ viewpoint over Noumea city centre the train takes you into town before returning via the marinas and bays.

Full day with Homestay Families- students will spend the day with your host family and have a unique opportunity to experience what daily life is like for locals in Noumea. Host families will include all meals on this day.

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Homestay

There is no better way to learn the language than experiencing the day-to-day language immersion that comes from living with a host family. Travelbound can offer students the exciting opportunity to experience a country’s culture and local customs first-hand in a practical environment which is designed to provide an authentic language education.